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Summer 2019 Online Courses

LAC 384A: Hip-Hop and Resistance

GEN. ED: W, N, P

Instructor: Odilka Santiago

Students will explore the early roots of Hip Hop music in the U.S. in the context of growing counter-culture and resistance movements. Originating from Black, Latinx and Caribbean neighborhoods in New York City in the late 1970s/early1980s, Hip Hop was influenced by Latinx and Caribbean beats like bomba, disco, and poetry amidst local and global social and economic crises and an increasingly militarized police force. Among topics discussed in the class will be the relationship between HIp Hop, policing, the drug war, housing displacement, squatting, graffiti and the "right to the city." The course will also trace how Hip Hop has become a globalized expression of the Black, Latinx and Caribbean urban experience across the Americas.


LAC 380M: Latin America Through Cinema 

Gen Eds: C, G, N

Instructor: Natalia Triana-Angel 

"Streaming History: Latin America through Cinema." In this interactive on-line course, students will examine how Latin American and U.S. cinema has depicted historical themes such as colonialism, war, inequality, migration, revolution, dictatorship, violence, gender, and human rights. Which stories have been told and why? How has cinema portrayed the intricacies of history? Whose voices and memories have been amplified or silenced? This course explores and deepens our understanding of how films have immortalized certain historical events. We will historicize and compare the visual and sonic narratives used in the U.S. and Latin America to depict Latin American peoples and tell their many stories. A guide for analyzing and writing about films will be provided. Students will juxtapose their critical and informed reading of films with primary and secondary sources to contrast, complement, and demystify the artistic and immensely powerful versions of history circulated through cinema.
Associated Term: Summer 2019


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